Hilton Times Square Rating: 3.5 Pearls
Large rooms, special kids' menus, an on-site movie theater, and plenty of nearby attractions in Times Square make the Hilton a great choice for families. Kids stay free in rooms with their parents, and standard and deluxe rooms with two double beds range from 330 to a palatial 360 square feet -- far bigger than the standard rooms in most New York hotels. The kids' breakfast buffet at Restaurant Above costs $10 and includes toast, eggs, pancakes, bacon, and juice.
Affinia Gardens Rating: 3.5 Pearls
Huge suites with kitchens, kid-oriented amenities, and a location in a safe, quiet neighborhood (the Upper East Side) make the Affinia an excellent luxury option for families. For longer stays, families often opt for deluxe suites that also include patios and dining room tables -- especially rare treats in New York City. Kid-friendly attractions like the Central Park Zoo, Dylan's Candy Bar, and the famous dessert restaurant Serendipity 3 are all within walking distance.
Omni Berkshire Place Rating: 3.5 Pearls
Though most guests are business travelers, children are definitely welcome at the Omni Berkshire. At check-in, all kids under age 12 get a suitcase filled with games, puzzles, and coloring books, plus a kids cup with unlimited refills anywhere in the hotel. Housekeeping's standard turndown service includes milk and cookies. There's a kids' room service menu for the Fireside restaurant that includes, among other items, ants on a log, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, and grilled cheese (no crust!).
Gansevoort Meatpacking NYC Rating: 4.0 Pearls
Though it has a reputation for being a party hotel, the Gansevoort is actually an excellent place for style-minded families. In addition to its sizable rooms and rooftop pool with a lifeguard on duty, perks include free baby amenities (from wipes to diapers to baby baths to strollers), free Nintendo Wii video game systems, and a room-service kids' menu with standards like chicken fingers, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, grilled cheese, and cookies and milk (prices range from $9 to $13).
Hilton Garden Inn Times Square Rating: 3.5 Pearls
Big rooms with two queen beds and microwaves make the Hilton Garden Inn a solid family pick. It's conveniently located in Times Square, near some of New York's best family attractions like Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum, M&M World, and the world's largest Toys "R" Us.
The Kimberly Hotel Rating: 4.0 Pearls
At the Kimberly, all guest rooms are large, multibedroom suites. The one- and two-bedroom suites are a good choice, as they come with kitchenettes and an additional queen sleeper sofa in the living room. Cribs are free and rollaway beds are $30 per night. The Midtown East location is near the American Girl Store and FAO Schwarz.